Utah Senate Commends Role of Sundance for the State

In 1981, Robert Redford gathered a group of his friends and colleagues in the mountains of Utah to create an environment to foster new voices in American independent film. The first of a series of artist development Labs were born during that retreat, and since then Sundance Institute has grown into an international resource for thousands of independent film, theatre, and music artists—many of these programs taking place in the state of Utah, most recognizably the annual Sundance Film Festival, held in and around Park City each January.

Over the past few years, Sundance Institute has deepened its relationship with the Utah State Legislature to create a better understanding of the role Sundance Institute plays for the state. The Festival not only helps to generate income to support the mission of the nonprofit Sundance Institute to provide a platform for artists to share their stories with audiences, but there’s a significant economic impact and worldwide media attention the Festival brings to Utah, and the tourism and film industry in the state.

As part of recognizing this unique value, this year Utah became the HOST STATE for the Festival. And last week the State Senate passed a Resolution (SJR 26) honoring Sundance Institute and recognizing the economic impact the Sundance Film Festival brings to Utah.

Sundance Institute staff gather with Senator Romero.

A special thank you to Senator Stevenson for sponsoring the Resolution, Senator Romero (UAB member) for shepherding the process, and Spencer Eccles (Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development) for speaking at the committee meeting in support of this honor. 

To listen to the reading of the Resolution and the comments: http://www.le.state.ut.us/asp/audio/index.asp?Sess=2011GS&Day=39&Bill=&House=S
Select either the "Listen" for audio or "View" for video for SJR 26 – Stevenson.

Lead photo: